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People unite to help elephants in India with unique ’30-mile walk’ challenge

People unite to help elephants in India with unique '30-mile walk' challenge

Agra, Sep 9 (SocialNews.XYZ) People around the world are uniting to help India's elephants through a '30-Mile Walk Challenge'.

The participants are committing to walk a distance of 30 miles in September to help raise funds for rescued Asian elephants receiving medical treatment and care at Wildlife SOS, an Indian wildlife conservation charity!


The challenge was inspired by Laxmi, an elephant rescued by Wildlife SOS from a life of begging in 2013. The young pachyderm was fed sweets and fried foods which led to an adverse amount of weight gain. Laxmi was placed under long-term care at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura, which is jointly run by Wildlife SOS and the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department.

The organisation's veterinarians were worried about her weight adversely affecting her internal organs and limbs, so Laxmi was placed on a nutritious diet plan and taken on regular walks to ensure she remained fit. Today, Laxmi is living a safer and healthier life with her elephant companions.

The 30-Mile Walk Challenge that began on September 1 already has over 4,000 participants from around the world! As a part of the challenge, participants are joining 'Team Laxmi' wherein they match the 30 miles distance that Laxmi walks in a month while simultaneously donating towards the care of elephants!

In the wild, elephants are constantly walking in search of food or water. Wildlife SOS aims to create an environment as close to an elephant's natural habitat. Thus, walks are an integral part of the care provided to the resident elephants at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura.

Throughout the challenge, participants will be receiving regular updates on the miles walked by Laxmi and will get a chance to share their miles on a Facebook page.

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO of Wildlife SOS said, "It is inspiring to see people from all around the world take time out of their day to embark on a walk to support India's elephants. India is the last stronghold of the Asian elephant population and we all must unite to ensure this heritage animal is protected."

Geeta Seshamani, Co-Founder & Secretary of Wildlife SOS said, "We are grateful to all those who are participating in the 30-Mile Walk Challenge. Through this noble mission, we can raise awareness about the plight of these gentle giants and ensure the elephants at Wildlife SOS continue to receive the care they deserve."

Source: IANS

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